Tigers


Origin: asia

For many years the species of cat we have chosen to specialise in has been the tiger and we currently have seven individuals here at the zoo: one from another zoo and six ex-circus performing tigers. Breeding of tiger sub-species is strictly controlled and we are not involved with any breeding programmes at present. This is partly because our individuals come from problem backgrounds and their bloodlines are impure or unknown and partly because their offspring would be of no conservation value.

We focus, rather, on excellent animal welfare; offering a safe forever home to abused individuals; conservation by protecting areas of natural tiger habitat in the wild, and education by inspiring you, our wonderful visitors, to care about efforts to protect them.

Please explore our website tabs above to read about our tiger project in India, Tiger adoptions and the work of The Wildheart Trust.

Click on each tiger’s name below to find out more...

Meet our Tigers

Aysha

Our petite twenty-year-old female, Aysha, is certainly enjoying her retirement. This beautifully marked individual is one of the friendliest tigers in the zoo, and what she lacks in size, she definitely makes up for in personality! Keen to engage with humans because she was a hand-reared as a cub ... will she greet you personally when you visit?

Simi

Twelve-year-old female Simi is a rescue tiger who was seized in 2013, on welfare grounds from a travelling circus in Germany. She joined our family here after spending two years in a rescue facility in Belgium. Simi has grown in confidence and strength as she has experienced a range of exciting and progressively challenging enrichment opportunities for the first time. As part of Simi’s ongoing health requirements, she spends a lot of time with our care team and really enjoys health check training.

Mondo

Mondo, now fourteen, is the younger of our two male tigers from the Spanish rehabilitation facility. Although we believe that, before his rescue, Mondo had never known any other life than performing for human entertainment, he is rediscovering his zest for life and loves to take a refreshing dip in his pool from time to time. His favourite activity, however, is ...resting: Mondo just loves to relax and take things easy!

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Girona

Sixteen-year-old Girona, is a real gentleman and is even happy to wait his turn at meal times. Girona has soon discovered that the little moorhens who choose to share his lakeside enclosure are GRRRREAT fun to chase (he hasn’t actually caught one ...yet!)

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Natasha

Four-year-old Natasha is the youngest and most vibrant of our females. Natasha is not shy by any stretch of the imagination. This affectionate and curious tiger likes to think she’s the boss and really enjoys ‘stalking’ members of our visitor crowd!

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Zoppa

Six-year-old 'Zoppa’ is lame on a front leg - indeed, the word ‘Zoppa’ translates as ‘lame’ or ‘limping’. It is wonderful that so many of our visitors show care and concern by alerting us to her problem ...but rest assured, we are on it! In partnership with our fantastic consultant vets, we are in a process of identifying and prioritising her specific needs as they occur and providing her with the most appropriate ongoing treatment care plan. Zoppa is often in the limelight and can be a real flirt, giving Aysha a run for her money in the ‘chuffing’ department!

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Antonella

Antonella, now aged thirteen, is the true boss and is a completely awe-inspiring individual. Antonella is more introverted than her companions and gives the impression of being rather aloof, being quite happy in her own company. She can, however, be kitten-like and sociable too: when she does interact, she has a breath-taking presence.

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